Foul play ruled out in drownings


The two men discovered in a submerged vehicle in a Hollywood creek were identified as the men who had been reported missing earlier this week.

Charleston County Deputy Coroner Kimberley Rhoton said the bodies inside the gold Ford Explorer pulled Friday out of the Toogoodoo Creek were Otis Brown, Jr. 22, and Joshua Fenley, 26, both of Adams Run.

Both men died of drowning and the autopsy revealed no evidence of foul play, according to Rhoton. Both men had been missing since May 28.

The pair had been staying with relatives on America Street in Charleston, according to city police. They left the house on May 25, saying they were going to a wedding in Ravenel.

They were later seen at a wedding reception in Rantowles and then at a party at Elijah’s Social Club on Yonges Island, according to police.

Before the coroner’s ruling, some family members expressed belief that foul play was at hand. They said the Explorer had been damaged on one side, and they knew of no reason why either Brown or Fenley would have gone anywhere near the Toogoodoo boat landing on Yonges Island.

“They had to have been chased here,” Patricia Smalls, a cousin to both men, said, shaking her head. “Life don’t mean nothing to nobody no more.”

Charleston County Sheriff’s officials said they will continue the investigation to determine what happened.